By Hassan Kakar

Those who were forcefully taken or disappeared and now released by police or other law enforcement agencies must be consulted on grounds that they should come forward (those who are willing or mentally conscious) to narrate their stories of torture and humiliation. We must encourage their family members to let them speak their mind. Our responsibility has been increased to find spaces of resistance and there are many. Yesterday i suggested a guideline for those who receive threat calls and requested lawyers and human rights specialists to further enlighten us on such issues. Fortunately, there are different strategies of resistance. We can arrange press conferences and seminars for them. We can write their stories and share them on social media. Further, we can lodge FIRs, go to courts and human rights organizations (both local and international) against the impunity of security institutions of Pakistan. Their individual cases will be our source of engagement. Further, by writing their stories of torture, humiliation and violence to newspapers, media outlets, journals and online websites we can strengthen not only the agenda PTM has framed but also to find ways of putting our demands in different forms. This strategy is the dissemination of individual cases for creating public awareness and source of engaging state institutions and non-state organizations. The effect of this strategy is multifaceted. The dissemination of individual stories of torture and violence can penetrate deep layers of society and can trigger not only public opinion but also sociopolitical associations and organizations. PTM has primarily instigated the oppressed voices. Now that these voices are becoming public we need to frame them. We need to collect and then place them where they best can be utilized. Documenting these voices and events on social media is only one form of the resistance but making them legal, political and social is another. The multifaceted features of PTM resistance shouldn’t be easily ignored with emerging sociopolitical circumstances. Missing persons and those abducted recently are our primary source of discourse through which we can engage our society, mass media, political parties, [I]NGOs and state institutions. Those who are released must be engaged in ways that can possibly extend our political debate and discourse but also provide them spaces of communication and justice.

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